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anger 82&95
05-01-2011, 02:36 PM
Steals

Cameron Jordan/DL/New Orleans/No. 24: NFL teams went to extremes to downgrade Jordan, yet he was nothing but dominant on the college level. New Orleans comes away with the steal of the draft as Jordan should immediately produce as a rookie.

Prince Amukamara/CB/NY Giants/No. 19: Critics went out of their way to manufacture holes in Amukamara's game that were nonexistent. Many claimed he lacked elite speed and could not cover fast receivers yet at the combine Amukamara timed 4.3 in the forty. He will be an immediate starter for the Giants.

Nick Fairley/DL/Detroit/No. 13: Fairley was considered a potential top three choice just a month ago but a shoulder injury and character questions suppressed his draft grade. Fairley did nothing but produce on the field in 2010 and he'll be a terrific addition for the Lions blossoming defense.

Cameron Heyward/DL/Pittsburgh/No. 31: Heyward was never a flashy player on the college level rather just a steady lineman that did the little things well. He's a great fit for the Steelers and was a bargain late in round one.

Randall Cobb/WR/Green Bay/Round 2/No. 64: Cobb was rated as a late first round pick on a number of boards yet his lack of pure speed ended up pushing him deep into the second round. He'll produce for the Packers at receiver, punt returner and can run the occasional reverse.

Leonard Hankerson/WR/Washington/Round 3/No. 79: Hankerson's inconsistency and untimely drops pushed him into the third round, yet he possesses the physical skills to be a productive second wide out on the NFL level. He will immediately help the receiver needy Redskins.

Allen Bailey/DL/Round 3/Kansas City/No. 86: Character concerns and a senior year that did not meet expectations knocked Bailey out of the first round, but his drop into the third round is without justification. He'll be a terrific fit as a two-gap end in the Chiefs' defense and could eventually move in with the first team.

Sam Acho/DE-OLB/Arizona/Round 4/No. 103: Acho was a productive defensive end in college and turned in several good workouts before the draft. He'll need some time to adjust to outside linebacker in the Cardinals' 3-4 alignment, but offers the franchise a future starter at the position.

Roy Helu/RB/Washington/Round 4/No. 105: Helu was the second skill player the Redskins chose in round four. He's a triple threat running back who will compete for the starting position.

Christian Ballard/DL/Minnesota/Round 4/No. 106: Off-the-field red flags and on-the-field intensity concerns pushed Ballard into the draft's third day. When he's running on all cylinders, Ballard is a defensive lineman with the ability to impact the game in a number of schemes.

Kendall Hunter/RB/San Francisco/Round 4/No. 115: Hunter was downgraded as he lacks classic NFL size, yet his game is comparable in many ways to Pro Bowl player Leon Washington. Coincidentally, Washington was also a fourth-round selection.

Chris Carter/OLB/Pittsburgh/Round 5/No. 162: Pittsburgh always finds a way to harvest good pass rushers and Carter happened to be top-100 talent. He offers the style and substance to play in the Steelers system and is a player that can produce as a rookie.

Jerrell Powe/DT/Kansas City/Round 6/No. 199: Powe had a litany off the field issues as well as character questions which pushed him deep into the draft yet the big-bodied lineman has starting potential. The Chiefs may have found their future nose tackle.

Chris Neild/NT/Washington/Round 7/No. 253: The fact Neild was the second-to-last player selected is mind-blowing. He's a 320-pound slugger who brings his lunch pail to work every day and is a prospect coaches will love. Don't be surprised if he's starting by the end of his rookie season.

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hawaiiansteel
05-01-2011, 02:50 PM
I was surprised that Cameron Heyward was still there when the Steelers drafted at 1(31), probably due to the fact that Heyward just underwent Tommy John surgery.

like Ruthless remarked in another thread, this may cause Heyward to lose a couple of miles per hour off his fastball, but shouldn't have any effect on his ability to play 3-4 DE.

I was torn between selecting OT Derek Sherrod, Ras-I Dowling and Heyward when our turn came up, time will tell if we made the right decision. however, I do feel better now knowing we were able to draft OT/OG Marcus Gilbert in Round 2 (I know a lot of people aren't crazy about picking Gilbert but he is the perfect fit for the Steelers) and then to be able to land CB Curtis Brown in Round 3 and follow that selection with CB/FS Cortez Allen in Round 4 makes me think Cameron Heyward was indeed the right choice...we just got younger at DE and solidified the DE position for the next 10 years.

D Rock
05-01-2011, 04:08 PM
I've always heard that Tommy John will actually add to your fastball, it just takes a lot of rehab to get back to pitching.
:?:

winwithd
05-01-2011, 06:14 PM
I was a little disappointed to see Jerrell Powell go off the board right after us. I wondered why we didn't take him. But if he had character issues, it seems like we tried to stay as far away from that as possible this year. That would have given us three of the top 10 steals of the draft. Then again didnt bad word LeBeau mention something when talking about Heyward that made it sound like DL was no longer on their radar. Wasn't it something about getting a NT next year then being set on the DL for 10 years?

Maybe NT in RD 1 next year.

steelblood
05-01-2011, 08:01 PM
I was surprised that Cameron Heyward was still there when the Steelers drafted at 1(31), probably due to the fact that Heyward just underwent Tommy John surgery.

like Ruthless remarked in another thread, this may cause Heyward to lose a couple of miles per hour off his fastball, but shouldn't have any effect on his ability to play 3-4 DE.

I was torn between selecting OT Derek Sherrod, Ras-I Dowling and Heyward when our turn came up, time will tell if we made the right decision. however, I do feel better now knowing we were able to draft OT/OG Marcus Gilbert in Round 2 (I know a lot of people aren't crazy about picking Gilbert but he is the perfect fit for the Steelers) and then to be able to land CB Curtis Brown in Round 3 and follow that selection with CB/FS Cortez Allen in Round 4 makes me think Cameron Heyward was indeed the right choice...we just got younger at DE and solidified the DE position for the next 10 years.

Yeah, I'm feeling better and better about the selection. Heyward acts like a Steeler. He doesn't crave the spotlight, but displays toughness and hustle in spades. He plays big in big games and will play hurt.